Many more plants die from overwatering than from any other cause. Plants are living beings and that means that their needs, both for food and for hydration, depend on many factors such as the type of pot, the type of soil, the time of year and even where they are located in the home. Therefore, unless we apply some irrigation system that allows the plant to administer water when it needs it, such as self-watering planters or the RIDO system, watering the plants is probably the most delicate activity in the care of the same.
As is known, plants do not grow at the same rate throughout the year, in spring and summer they need a lot of water since it is the time of year when most plants put down new leaves and new roots, in addition to the greater evaporation that it exists in the environment. This therefore makes the plants at this time of year require a lot of energy, so the amount of water needed is greater. However, in winter daylight is reduced, which causes less photosynthetic activity and therefore less energy consumption, which leads to a reduction in the need for water.
Most of us follow the same watering pattern in the plants, when we buy a plant in the garden center, we ask the seller ... "Hey, and this plant ... how often do I have to water it? And the answer It is usually either "once a week" or "2 times a week", depending on whether the plant requires more or less humidity. Normally we follow the advice of the seller and in summer we may even dare to give a little more water to the plant because of the heat, but the problem is not in the summer. Did you know that it is in winter when most plants die? Why? Well, because we continue to water them with the same irrigation pattern that they told us when we bought the plant, once or twice a week.
In winter, unless the plant is near a heater or is constantly in the sun, the need for water is reduced by almost 70%, but we continue to water it once or twice a week and the excess water stays in the little plate that we usually put under the pot so that "the plant has an extra reserve of water", but what happens? That we flood the roots causing two situations that are ultimately fatal for a plant, on the one hand the appearance of fungi that end up attacking the plant by the root and kill it and on the other hand the elimination of oxygen that exists between the roots and the earth that is absolutely necessary for the development of a plant, which ultimately leads to its death by suffocation, and of course, as the first symptom of asphyxia of the plant is the yellowish color of its leaves, we think that What happens is that it lacks water and what do we do? Finish suffocating it by watering it more, does this situation sound familiar to you? Don't feel bad, it happens to most people.
Although, as I say, only those self-watering systems that allow the plant to supply water on demand, in these articles we will define the most common domestic indoor plants and their most normal watering patterns, but remember, it always depends on where are located inside the home, what time of year it is and whether the plant itself needs a lot or little water.
- Irrigation in gardening
- Water in indoor plants